Written on November 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
When given the choice between open or hidden storage, most people choose the latter. The rationale behind closed door storage is that mass amounts of material can be hidden from view, and closed storage certainly is a premium for the non attractive things we need from day to day or require as the seasons change.
However when it comes to your keepsakes and memorabilia, displaying your favorites out in the open allows you to appreciate them on a daily basis, and also communicates to visitors your personal taste and sense of style. Here are five great strategies for displaying your personal things out in the open.
A Curated Collection. Open shelves are the perfect opportunity to place your passionate pursuit on display. Avoid the temptation to scatter your collection around the house and instead gather your objects together on one unit, displaying them at different heights and angles for all to appreciate.
Subtle Shapes. Geometry is your best friend when layering similar objects out in the open. Notice how the individual pieces of coral on these shelves are placed in a diamond shape, and how the silver objects form an invisible triangle. By making shapes up and down the shelving, you lay a foundation for order within your display.
Group and Gather. If closet or pantry space is limited, you can organize kitchen or other home goods effectively when you gather like objects closely together and in larger quantities, such as the bottles, dishes, and utensils cleverly grouped on this open metal shelf unit.
Symmetrical Stacks. When arranging books, consider laying them one way. The purposeful placement of books stacked symmetrically creates a calming backdrop on a large freestanding shelf unit.
Palette Precision. Sticking to one medley of colors (pick only two or three) allows you to mix and mingle objects freely. It doesn’t matter if they’re organizational or decorative if all of the objects on display wear hues from the same color family.
How do you artfully organize and arrange your collections and memorabilia in open view?
Written on November 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
We installed a built-in window seat in our home a few months ago and we’re loving the comfort it brings, plus the bonus of additional storage below. Built-in benches have a way of communicating to everyone “it’s time to sit and stay awhile” and they always make a home feel more welcoming.
There are plenty of places to squeeze in a built-in bench, whether it’s one you install yourself or hire out with the service of a professional. Either way, the end result is a cozy place to sit and get comfortable. Here are seven different spaces to consider for including a built-in bench in your own home.
The entry is a perfect place for a built-in – squeeze it in underneath the stairs as a place to store outerwear or as a perch for removing shoes.
A perfect way to start your day is curled up in a cozy bench that is built into a breakfast nook. Pull up a table and a few chairs and the space becomes an instant gathering spot for breakfast or brunch.
Bathrooms are another place to wedge a small built in bench for the purpose of daily grooming.
I’ve mentioned before the benefits of a multitasking mudroom. Large or small, a built in bench is a natural fit in a space designed for transitioning from indoors to out.
A nook with a window seat in a bedroom is desirable to most. If space permits, consider adding a built in bench to a niche to encourage lounging and daydreaming in a bedroom retreat.
A main living space will certainly benefit from a window seat bench where you can add decorative pillows and store reading material nearby.
Last but never least, don’t forget the great outdoors! Something as simple as stacked cinderblock can become a perch for lounging on lazy summer afternoons.
Do you have the good fortune of a built-in bench in your home? Where is it and how much do you love it?
Written on November 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
There’s a new movement in kitchen design when it comes to storage and display and that is the replacement of solid upper cabinetry with open shelving, typically in the form of floating shelves or ones supported by brackets.
Many homeowners are embracing this idea in their own kitchens and the look is becoming less of a trend and more of a lifestyle choice. Here are seven different ways you to can incorporate open shelving into your kitchen.
One way to open up without replacing upper cabinetry is to remove the cabinet doors, patch and paint any hinge holes, and experiment with your comfort level where glasses and dishware are out on constant display.
Choosing beadboard as a backsplash adds traditional cottage style when installed behind open shelving designed to store everyday dishes.
Carved brackets add architectural interest to kitchens with open shelving. Paint them in a welcoming color to complement your white and colored glass collection.
As an alternative to high contrast paint, choose a finish on the shelving that is similar to the wall like this display of wood tone shelving against whitewashed paneling. The blended combination allows the dishes and art to take the spotlight.
The use of stainless steel for open shelving injects a modern vibe into a kitchen space and mimics the look found in many restaurants and cafes.
Introduce thick rustic wood planks in the form of floating shelves to add warmth and contrast against cool ceramic tile.
If your existing upper cabinetry is adjacent to a window, you also have the option of installing boards between them for open storage and to create a space for your favorite dish collection.
Have you upgraded your kitchen lately and included open shelving in the design plan?
Written on October 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by Kate
Hobbies such as crafting, quilting, scrapbooking, card making, and sewing give many the satisfaction of taking a few quiet hours to create something unique with their own hands. For any enthusiast, the supplies for creative hobbies can quickly takeover storage space in the home, so it’s helpful to have one dedicated zone where all of the necessities can be corralled in one place. Here’s a peek at several clever places to store scrapbooking or crafting supplies around the house.
A Crafting Closet. Tuck supplies into assorted boxes and store them inside a spare closet keeping small essentials organized in labeled plastic bins or colorful cardboard boxes.
Desk + Hutch. A desk with small drawers provides storage for all of the smaller crafting essentials plus the added bonus of a horizontal workspace, while a hutch provides ready-to-go supplies that are within arms reach.
Written on October 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by Kate
One thing I long for in our home is a larger space I can officially call a “mudroom”. We have a very small closet near our back entry and we use it as a place to kick off our shoes or hang up coats, but it would be really nice to have a unique space dedicated solely to the task of corralling all of our shoes, boots, and outerwear each day.
A true mudroom is a dream come true for many families with children enrolled in sports or involved in the daily activities of coming and going from school. What are the essentials for any multitasking mudroom space? Here are five of my favorites.
Bins and Baskets in Lockers or Cubbies. A labeled basket and locker or cubby specified for each family member is a great way to keep it all organized! Avoid the frantic search for jackets, shoes, or backpacks when everyone has a space of their own.
Handy Hooks for Hanging. Hooks maximize the use of vertical wall space and provide grab and go convenience for when you’re ready to head out the door.
Written on September 23, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Kate
It’s so nice to have a separate room dedicated solely to a home office, however the luxury of that extra square footage isn’t possible for everyone. We all face the daily obligations of responding to email or bill paying, so a space for a home office makes sense for most of us. Here are ten ideas for setting up a home office absent a room solely dedicated to the task.
1. The Secretary. How tidy is this solution? A portable piece of furniture like an armoire or secretary allows you to store supplies for correspondence and then close it up at day’s end when your tasks are complete.
2. The Corner. Truth is, corners exist in every room, right? Take a look around and ask yourself, is there one corner where you could add some upper cabinets and a desk below? If so, that’s the place to insert a home office!
3. The Alcove. A narrow space that includes shelves and a desk becomes a stylish work station with room for storage behind a pretty fabric skirt.
4. The Cart. Portability is a bonus with this setup! If space permits, wheel it into a closet or spare room so it disappears when visitors arrive.
5. The Wall. An office can be created virtually anywhere along a blank wall, whether it’s the top of the stairs or a wide hallway.
6. The Dining Room. In any home with a formal dining room, consider using it as a home office/library instead. Store your books on shelves along walls and treat it as a library and home office by day. A table in the center can easily be set for guests when its time to entertain and serve a meal.
7. The Kitchen. Tucked away in a kitchen, a home office in this zone allows you to keep an eye on the spaghetti as you socialize online or search for new recipes.
8. The Craft Zone. Have you dedicated a space in your home to your creative side? Fantastic! Why not incorporate some office supplies too, adjacent to your laptop. Scrapbook, craft, and pay bills all at the same time with a multitasking zone like this.
9. The Niche. A few square feet can make for a cozy office space, such as this niche with built in cabinetry. It’s the perfect place to catch up on email and balance the checkbook too.
10. The Spare. A guest or spare room is another great place to insert a desk for use by day while visitors use the space to slumber by night.
Small space living never means you need sacrifice a fully functional home office! With a little creativity, you can steal some square footage in a corner, niche, or alcove in your home and include a place for a computer and office supplies.
Where have you set up a home office in your home?